Simply put, hurricanes and boats don’t mix well.
Matthew is proving to be a pain in the ass for a lot of folks right now. People in Haiti, soon Cuba and then the Bahamas. After that, according to the models (which I want so desperately to disbelieve) Florida, and most of the East coast of the United States will be in for a bit of roughhousing as well.
I’m far enough north that it should break up and just be a tropical storm by the time it gets to us, especially if it hangs over land for any length of time.
But for whatever reason (I can’t see the reasons) the models have pushed over to the west and it’s promising to be a beast. I see a front coming through, and pushing out, and now there’s a dry, low pressure system in the middle of the US which may reach the coast about the same time, and that might be pulling the hurricane in somewhat.
On the other hand, there’s a mess of rain and another front west of that high. It usually takes 3-4 days to cross the states with weather systems. Hmmm. MAYBE it will get to the coast in time to push some more. I don’t know. I’m not a forecaster, just a storm chaser that looks at the data and predicts local mesoscale conditions. Hurricanes are big, bad, Red-Spot-on-Jupiter things to me and are as distant as that planet is from Earth for me.
I’ve been in two. One hit DC a long time ago and water levels came up 8 feet up the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The second was in Jamaica in the 2ooo, when it missed us by about 90 miles on the north coast of Jamaica. But… it RAINED like the ocean was pouring over us. I’ve never seen so much rain for so long in my life.
The plan today is pretty simple. Down comes the headsail and sheets. I’ll remove everything off the deck and bring it below today and tomorrow. And we will bring our tarps (we use as tents topside) below to cover things down here inside the boat. JoAnne will pack and we will be ready to bug out sometime on Saturday morning most likely, because the predictions are showing it coming up this way Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The last of the preps will involve moving the boat out, adding lines and hoping for the best. We’re not going to stay aboard the boat if the hurricane approaches us. We’ll head inland and stay out of the path as much as we can. I’m planning to take most of our clothes, our foulies, food, water, electronics, important papers, car and our mortal bodies away from here. We went through a Nor’easter in the Bay… and that was not good, with the shallow Bay, short chop, poor JoAnne getting sick. Staying in a Marina is not going to be much better. And there’s little here to keep us safe, and in fact, it might be pretty unsafe to remain here.
I maybe take one of the ham rigs too, just in case. We have terrible luck with the phones, so a ham radio might come in handy.
So, all my hoping and my “estimating” isn’t coming true. All I can say is that the hurricane tarried a bit too long in the Southern Caribbean Sea and the weather that would have push him off is long gone now….
This sort of thing is, by the way, why I have been a “prepper” most of my life and even wrote a book about it. I sure hope it all works right this time. 🙂
I guess that’s it for now.
If y’all believe in prayers… better get busy. The entire coast of the US, Bahamas, Haiti and other poor people in between are all in danger’s path.